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Java User Groups (JUGs)

Java User Groups (JUGs) are volunteer organizations that strive to distribute Java-related knowledge around the world. They provide a meeting place for Java users to get information, share resources and solutions, increase networking, expand Java Technology expertise, and above all, drink beer, eat pizza and have fun. The JUG Community is the meeting point for JUGs, helping promote the expansion of the worldwide Java Community. JUG leaders & members, from experts to Java newbies can share information about creating, joining and running a JUG. So, whether you're already part of a JUG, looking to join one, or if you're interested in creating your own local group, you've come to the right place! Welcome to the Java User Groups Community! Take a look at the JUGs Community Objectives, to learn how your JUG can benefit from participation in this community!
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(Jul 8, 2014)
2014 Duke's Choice Award Nomination Open

The Duke's Choice Award program is open to all members of the Java community and nominations are accepted by anyone. Deadline for submission is Friday, July 11th, 2014 5pm PST.

(Jul 8, 2014)
Duke, the Java Mascot 2015

Back in the early days of Java development, Sun Microsystems

(Jul 8, 2014)
2014 JCP Annual Awards

The Java Community Process (JCP) program celebrates success. Members of the community nominate worthy participants, Spec Leads, and Java Specification Requests (JSRs) in order to cheer on the hard work and creativity that produces ground-breaking results for the community and industry in the Java Standard Edition (SE), Java Enterprise Edition (EE), or Java Micro Edition (ME) platforms.

The community gets together every year at the JavaOne conference to applaud in person the winners of...

(Jan 15, 2014)
Seeking Java EE developers!

A while ago a small group (lead by Markus Eisele) of us started a project called Java Countdown ( The site is meant to track visitor versions of "Java in the browser" so we can track its timely demise (and/or make sure folks have the latest version if they absolutely must use it). Given the recent security announcements (again) about Java - we hoped that this could be a force for good!...

Lightning Interviews

Linda van der Pal has been a developer since 2002, visiting many conferences to gather and share knowledge. In 2006, she founded Duchess, a network for women interested in Java. She is now a member of the board of the Dutch chapter... In this sixth "Lightning Interview" I asked Linda about Duchess...

Larry Fernandez is a Principle Software Developer at Amway Corp in Ada, Michigan. He has been in IT software development since 1981, and was named an IBM Champion in 2012 and 2013. Larry's team is currently working on its second major Java/J2EE application using WebSphere Application Server technology. In this fifth "Lightning Interview" we ask Larry to share some of the wealth his decades of experience in software engineering...

Frans Thamura is a leader of JUG Indonesia, a Java Champion, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Meruvian. He has implemented the JEDI program in Indonesia under the goverment's Java education services JENI Project. In this fourth "Lightning Interview" I asked Frans about starting and leading a Java User Group.

Robert Engels works for OptionsCity, which develops financial service platforms using Java. Their products include Freeway, a multi-asset algorithmic trading platform that won the 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards. Robert is the Chief Architect for Freeway development. If you're familiar with modern automated trading...

Ahmed Ali leads the very active Egyptian Java User Group (EGJUG). EGJUG recently organized Java Developers Conference 2013, the largest Java conference in the Middle East. The conference was, once again, a huge success. In this second "Lightning Interview" I asked Ahmed...

This is the first of what I hope will become a series of interviews with members of the Java community. By calling them "lightning interviews," I mean that they'll be brief and to the point, "short takes" focused on a specific topic that's relevant to the broader Java/JVM community -- the interview equivalent of "Lightning Talks"...